Ever since his debut Stay in 2002, Jeremy Camp has been one of Christian music's most recognizable artists. And while many Christian artists have come and gone through that period, Jeremy Camp is still standing tall for his uncompromising faith in Jesus Christ.
In honor of his newest album The Answer, out this week, we're taking a look at the musical evolution of Jeremy's discography throughout the past fifteen years.
Stay (2002) Stay was Jeremy's rocking debut album, one of his heaviest to date. Grunge guitars mixed perfectly with Jeremy's excellent rough vocals in anthems such as "Understand," "Right Here," and "Take My Life," where Jeremy screams out a prayer of surrender. The album also boasted two of Camp's greatest hits: "Walk by Faith" and "I Still Believe," worship anthems which remind of us of God's faithfulness in the toughest of times. Combined, these radio hits caused Stay to become his first Gold record!
Carried Me and Restored (2004)
Camp released two records in 2004: Carried Me: The Worship Project and Restored. Though the former was more contemporary than his debut, it still contained strong guitars that made this worship project anything but average. That album's standout single was "You're Worthy of My Praise," also containing my personal favorite track, "I Wait for the Lord." Restored continued Jeremy's rock streak, as "Take You Back," "Lay Down My Pride" and the string-infested "This Man" all came from this album. Both of these albums were also Gold-certified.
Beyond Measure (2006) and Speaking Louder Than Before (2008)
2006's Beyond Measure was the last of Jeremy's heavier rock albums, boasting the strong "Tonight," radio hit "What It Means," the heart-felt prayer "Let it Fade" and the stunning rendition of "Give Me Jesus." Jeremy took a more contemporary turn with Speaking Louder Than Before in 2008, an album he said was aimed at his youth audience. The lead single was the soft and comforting "There Will Be A Day," which reminds us of the coming glory of heaven; we also heard the soft pop track "Healing Hand of God," a duet with Jeremy's wife Adie. Although the album was mostly mellow, Jeremy threw in several upbeat tracks, such as "Giving You All Control," "I'm Alive" and the title track, anthems for the youth to shout out and declare.
We Cry Out: The Worship Project (2010)
My personal favorite Jeremy Camp CD, We Cry Out: The Worship Project, was released in 2010. This wasn't surprising move, following Jeremy's musical progression from rock to contemporary with his previous album. Camp hand-picked several well-known worship anthems, such as "Mighty to Save" and "You Never Let Go," and merged them with some brand new ones. The powerful result was "Not Ashamed," "The Way" and the phenomenal "Overcome." It's no wonder this album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart!
After the release of his Christmas album God With Us in 2012, Jeremy released his last album with BEC Recordings, titled Reckless, the following year. Reckless definitely took a much more contemporary sound, though beautiful strings, nice harmonies and Jeremy's powerful vocals all combined excellently to demonstrate that he hadn't weakened his lyrical work. The title track was the only radio single from this album, but the beautiful "Come Alive" was another standout, as well as "We Need" and "The Way You Love Me."
I Will Follow (2015)
Jeremy's ninth studio album I Will Follow was his debut with Stolen Records, released in association with Sparrow Records and Capitol Christian Music Group. With this album, Jeremy steered toward the pop genre, and surprisingly added a tasteful Southern Gospel touch, as heard in "Finally Home," "Can't Be Moved" (where Jeremy's father Tom actually added harmonica!) and "Only In You." "Christ In Me," a passionate prayer for God to display Himself powerfully in us for the world's sake, was the album's primary radio single. I Will Follow was definitely the most unique of Jeremy's releases to date.
The Answer (2017) The Answer is Jeremy's brand new release, his tenth to date. Featuring the five powerful songs Camp has been releasing leading up to street date, the album is decisively contemporary pop. However, one thing stands out for sure: the conviction that rings through each of the songs. His first single off the album, "Word of Life," a timeless reminder of the power of God's Word, is already climbing the charts. The strong "Storm" cries out for an outpouring of God's Spirit, while the tranquil "Never Stop Loving Me" celebrates God's relentless love for us. With a pounding synthesized drumbeat, "Defender" reminds us that Jesus is always fighting for His children, while the title track is a stunning piano ballad, powerfully declaring "Jesus, He is the answer!" Together, the songs on The Answer clearly illustrate this fact: though Jeremy Camp's musical style may have varied over the past fifteen years, his powerful declarations of total dependence and faith in Jesus Christ have only grown stronger than ever.